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Mississippi Officer Killed Deploying Spike Strip

October 24, 2013  | 

Officer Keith Crenshaw
Officer Keith Crenshaw

Officer Keith Crenshaw, 52, of the Eupora (Miss.) Police Department was killed Wednesday after laying down a spike strip to stop a car being pursued by law enforcement officers.

A Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesperson told WTVA the incident happened around 10 a.m. on Highway 82.

Authorities say the trooper was following a vehicle that matched the description of a car reported as possibly being involved in a robbery in Grenada. When other law enforcement officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver attempted to get away.

Officials say Crenshaw put down a spike strip on the highway and was hit by the car when the driver attempted to avoid the strip.

The vehicle hit a metal utility pole a short distance away, killing one of the passengers in the car.

Comments (6)

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Dennis @ 10/24/2013 5:28 PM

Why do we continue to use a tool that kills police officers? More than 29 officers nationwide have been killed while deploying stopsticks and at least that many injured. What will it take to convice departments that this is a dangerous tactic. Yes, it does work (most of the time) but I do not believe the inherent danger posed to the deploying officer is worth the risk.

William Bell @ 10/24/2013 6:32 PM

Last year at a police conference I saw a devise that deployed spike strips from the front bumper of the patrol vehicle, at least using something like this would give the officer some protection from a crazed driver in a high-speed pursuit...

David VanHouten @ 10/25/2013 3:28 AM

I believe I just saw a new device that actually deploys the stop sticks by launching them up to 100 feet to keep the officer out of the danger zone - or at least as much out of the danger zone as possible. I am also concerned with the number of officers killed while deploying this tool. We lost an officer from another adjoining jurisdiction who was struck by the offenders vehicle while deploying stop sticks. Although this these were clearly bank robbers being pursued, losing an officer in this manner is just not worth it. We have a co-worker, friend, father and husband gone. Officer Keith Crenshaw, Rest In Peace, your watch is over.

Lt Dan @ 10/25/2013 5:49 AM

The use of cover, not concealment comes to mind here. If you cannot find cover enough to stop a car at 100 MPH, no need in attempting to deploy. Rest in peace brother.

Captain Keith @ 10/25/2013 6:32 AM

My sympathies go to Officer Crenshaws family and agency. I couldn't agree more with all comments here. All of my squads are equipped with stop sticks, but my deputies will not use them unless they are behind a bridge piler or sufficent coverage to stop a speeding vehicle. Not worth it. God bless

Troop @ 10/26/2013 5:15 PM

Always use a guardrail, jersey wall or big tree to stand behind. If none are available then DO NOT deploy. Stay safe.

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